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The Dark Hour (1936)

Passed  -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  18 February 1936 (USA)
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A pair of detectives investigates the murder of an elderly millionaire who was the target of blackmail and death threats and find that there is no shortage of suspects, many of them in the victim's own family.

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Ray Walker ...
Jim Landis
Berton Churchill ...
Paul Bernard
Irene Ware ...
Elsa Carson
Hobart Bosworth ...
Charles Carson
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Mrs. Tallman
E.E. Clive ...
Foot, the Butler
Harold Goodwin ...
Peter Blake
William V. Mong ...
Henry Carson
Michael Mark ...
Arthur Bell (as Michael Marks)
John St. Polis ...
Dr. Munro
Miki Morita ...
Choong
Aggie Herring ...
Mrs. Dubbin, the Cook
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Two reclusive, rich old men, brothers and wards of their niece, Elsa Carson (Irene Ware)are very protective of their own affairs and also keep a close eye on Elsa. One of them, Henry Carson (William V. Mong), is murdered and his brother, sister, and household servants all come under suspicion. Elsa enlists the aid of a private detective, Jim Landis (Ray Walker, she has met and is falling in love with. Jim, in turn, solicits help from an older, retired detective, Paul Bernard (Berton Churchill). Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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18 February 1936 (USA)  »

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Two competent detectives in one movie
19 February 2001 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

This mystery film is unusual is that there are two quite different (old & retired vs. young & active on the police force) detectives on the case, & they are both competent & work well together. Usually, Hollywood would be expected to have at least one of them take the comic element, but here they are both serious & both effective! Aside from trying to guess "who done it?," the viewer also finds him/herself wondering which of the two detectives will solve the case first, & this aspect adds to the excitement. There are plenty of suspects here, & the film moves along briskly. Berton Churchill is especially good as the older detective, & reminds me of a smaller version of the great Sydney Greenstreet. I rate this 8/10.


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